My Achy, Breaky… Everything

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That’s kind of how I’ve felt this past week. I swear I’ve had a thousand different symptoms that make zero sense together. I’ve mentioned I started having back pain over the weekend. I thought it was a kidney stone (I’ve had more than one person deserves), then, when the pain didn’t lessen like normal I thought perhaps it was some sort of back strain or something like that. NO go there, either.

We just recently got insurance, so I decided to make an appointment with the DR on Tuesday. They couldn’t fit me in until Thursday evening. I wasn’t willing to lay around in pain so I decided a trip to Urgent Care was in order. They can only do so much on the premises, so it was more of a guessing game. They weren’t equipped to handle back issues, so they went with infections. Long story short, they tested me for a million infections and internal issues. They all came back negative. I could tell they were grasping at straws when they suggested some pretty far out causes. They sent some things to another lab and told me to see a Dr in 2-3 days if the meds they gave me didn’t fix things.

I’m glad I kept my appointment now. My symptoms make no sense and I don’t even know if any of them are related or if my body felt one twinge and decided to throw a free for all. I feel like that children’s song, “Head , Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”.

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To give even the vaguest idea of what I’m talking about:

-The Purple: A weird red skin issue I’ve had for the past year. It’s occasionally itchy, but doesn’t hurt or change. I showed it to a Dr once. She glanced at it, said, “Well, it’s not cancer” and that was that.. Okay then…

– The Yellow: Various points on my body that hurt. The inner knee and shoulder happened when I fell at my FIL’s house. The ankle happened a few weeks ago, as mentioned. The back in around the time the other pain in the back started, just before. I don’t know if it’s the cause of my issues or not.

The Red: Ohhh, the red. That’s the bugger of them all. Sometimes during the day I’m convinced I’m fine. Then I sit, or drink water or eat and it’s there again. It’s like my left side has a stitch that runs from my spine to the front of my rip cage. It’s not my heart- they checked that too.

 

Suffice to say I’m a bloody mess. This week has been an epic fail as far as exercise is concerned. The first Dr I saw suggested I take some time off. He thought it might be something as simple as dehydration combined with a strained back. SO I’ve laid on my back for the better part of this week. It gets uncomfortable when I sit or lay on my sides. I’ve included some salt in my diet too to stop the process of drinking a bottle of water and immediately flushing it back out. So far that, and “just in case” antibiotics haven’t helped. I see a new Dr this afternoon. He’s probably going to think I’m completely insane. Yay!

Yesterday I couldn’t stand it anymore. I did a light circuit training of weights, cardio and abs. It didn’t hurt anything worse and it made me feel mentally better. Hopefully I don’t find out that this IS a back issue!

My food hasn’t been overly inspiring either.

Mostly I’ve been laid out so I didn’t partake in cooking. Breakfasts have mostly been fruit and yogurt. Lunches are salads with rolled turkey breast. Dinners have been all over the charts. Last night we had salads, the night before friend chicken (OH my belly) and the night before that “lighter” meatloaf.

I feel good that I haven’t completely fallen off the wagon. Well.. except for that bowl of Poppycock. I hate the name of that stuff, but it’s so darn good and SO bad for you. I enjoyed every sugary bit of it. I don’t even want to jump on a scale though. I’ve taken on a large amount of water weight from the sodium uppage. I feel like I’m starting over and that is the part that sucks the most.

We’ll see what the doctor says today!

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In other news, I fell off the 30 Day Shred wagon at day 22. Between being on my back, and the videos crapping out, I decided to just throw in the towel. I did however get my measurements from the beginning until day 20!I took pictures, but they aren’t enough change to warrant showing. So, here we go!

In the 20 days I actually did the shred I lost 6 inches off my body over all. I saw changes in my arm, leg and waist measurements for the first time. It’s not a lot, but it’s nice to see some change. My husband even noticed my arms were less squishy and had a bit of budding muscle underneath it all. All things considered, it was an interesting experience. The biggest hurdles for me was stamina and boredom. It’s amazing how the same routine can cause you to be super tired, but bored. I think when I was able to predict and recite what she said, I knew I needed to move on. My weight loss was pretty minimal in this. I gained more muscle that anything I think. I can feel the muscles in my arms, legs and ab area.

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